- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2005


Military benefits — 9 a.m. — The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission holds a meeting to review the benefits provided to compensate veterans and their survivors for disabilities and deaths attributable to military service. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/756-7729.

Airline bankruptcies — 9 a.m. — The Center for American Progress holds a discussion, “Airline Bankruptcies and Pensions: Securing Retirement Income in Times of Crisis.” Northwest Airlines counsel Gary Ford, Robert Roach of the International Association of Machinists and Mark Warshawsky of the Treasury Department participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: RSVP to 202/741-6388.


Meets with recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards at the White House.


8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases figures of the sales for retail and food services in September. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-2235.

11 a.m. — Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the July airline traffic data. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.


10 a.m. — Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board holds a meeting of the Employee Thrift Advisory Council to review the report of the executive director on Thrift Savings Plan status and discuss L Funds and issues regarding Hurricane Katrina. Location: FRTIB, 1250 H St. NW, fourth floor, conference room. Contact: 202/942-1660.

11 a.m. — International Trade Commission holds a meeting to conduct a briefing and vote on the anti-dumping duty on cookware from China, Taiwan and Korea. Location: 500 E St. SW, Room 101. Contact: 202/205-2000.


No oral arguments scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


Not in session because of Columbus Day recess. The Senate will reconvene 2 p.m. Monday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Not in session because of Columbus Day recess. The House will reconvene 2 p.m. Monday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Colombia policies — all day — The Center for International Policy holds a conference, “New Ideas for U.S. Policy Toward Colombia: Exploring the Alternatives,” beginning at 8:30 a.m. Alvaro Leyva, former minister and peace negotiator; Alfredo Witschi-Cestari, the United Nations’ resident representative in Colombia; Ana Teresa Bernal, director of Redepaz; and Ivan Cepeda of the Manuel Cepeda Foundation participate. Location: CEIP, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/483-7600.

Voting rights — all day — The National Commission on the Voting Rights Act holds a hearing to document discrimination in voting and the effect of the Voting Rights Act nationally. Events begin at 10 a.m. Former Rep. John Buchanan, Alabama Republican, and Chandler Davidson, professor of sociology and political science at Rice University, participate. Location: Arnold and Porter, 555 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/833-9771.

Russia conference — all day — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, “Russia: Today, Tomorrow, and in 2008.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m. Christopher DeMuth, Leon Aron and Desmond Lachman, all with AEI; Yuri Levada of the Levada Center; and Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Moscow Center participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Guantanamo counsel — 9:30 a.m. — U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia convenes an emergency hearing on a defense request for access to counsel for prisoners at the U.S. detention center at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Judge Gladys Kessler, representatives from the Center for Constitutional Rights and attorneys for Guantanamo prisoners participate. Location: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Third Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: District Court information, 202/354-3000; Center for Constitutional Rights, 212/614-6464.

Shi’ite effect — 9:30 a.m. — The Middle East Policy Council holds a briefing, “A Shia Crescent: What Fallout for the U.S.?” which will focus on the effect of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on the Shi’ites. Juan Cole of University of Michigan, Kenneth Katzman of Congressional Research Service, Karim Sadjadpour of the International Crisis Group, Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chas Freeman Jr. of the Middle East Policy Council participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/296-6767.

Constitutional referendum — 10 a.m. — The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a conference call beginning 10 a.m., “Assessing the Iraqi Constitutional Referendum.” Nathan Brown and Marina Ottaway, senior associates with CEIP, participate. Contact: 202/939-2372.

Katrina briefing — 11 a.m. — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference call briefing, beginning 11 a.m., “To meet Katrina Families’ Needs, Changes Needed in New Housing Plan.” Barbara Sard, director of housing policy for CBPP, and Candy Hill, senior vice president for social policy for Catholic Charities USA, participate. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Chinese security — 11 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Strategic Studies Institute hold a discussion on a new volume of conference papers, “Chinese National Security Decisionmaking Under Stress.” James R. Lilley, senior fellow at AEI, and Andrew Scobell, research professor of national security affairs at SSI, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times



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